Two new polls – one of attitudes in Florida for Quinnipiac and one commissioned by Equality Utah – both show a vast gap in public support between lgbt civil rights, including a right to adopt children, and a right to marry. Meanwhile, the annual study of attitudes among college freshmen shows two out of three first year college students support marriage equality, yet another confirmation of its seeming inevitability.
From 365 News:
In Florida, the poll by Quinnipiac University found that 55 percent favor abolishing the state law that prohibits gays from adopting, while 39 percent said the law should be maintained.
When it came to same-sex relationships, 62 percent favor some sort of recognition, with 27 percent supporting marriage and 35 percent favoring civil unions. Only 31 percent said there should be no legal recognition of gay unions.
Democrats and independent voters were most gay-supportive while Republicans and white evangelical Christians were most negative.
Florida voters in November amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. A legal challenge to the state ban on gays adopting children is expected to be heard by the Florida Supreme Court later this year.
In Utah, a poll commissioned by Equality Utah found that 63 percent support gay legal protections including some rights for same-sex couples.
Utah bans same-sex marriage. Bills to bar discrimination against gays in employment and housing and to provide for domestic partnerships and guarantee partner hospital visitation rights are expected to be considered this year by the legislature.
The survey found that 62 percent believe it should be illegal to fire someone for being gay and 57 percent said it should be illegal to deny housing to someone for being gay.
On the issue of partner rights, 73 percent said they would support health insurance coverage for a partner or other designated adult for state employees. Utahans, however, are not ready for same-sex marriage. Only 20 percent said they supported gay marriage.
I wonder if this gap is widening and what impact, if any, the Prop 8 vote will have on it.
This chart mapping poll results from the Pew Foundation shows a sharp uptick in support for marriage equality from 2004 to 2005, and a slower increase in support since then. (These numbers pre-date the 2008 election.) Support for gay marriage in California – 48% in the Prop 8 vote – runs about 10% above the national average.